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After years in the process…years of learning to write…Book Two of this five book series releases. And you can go to http://www.amazon.com, click on books, then type in DiAne Gates, “The Master’s Plan Revealed Through God’s Word.” Or the ASIN: B08C7HS8SR.

If you are parents who think you don’t know enough about the Bible to teach it to your kiddos, this is the book for you. A series of colorful pictures that help convey the message “Jesus Loves You.”

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It’s difficult to teach what you don’t know, but teaching time with kiddos is short. And it’s apparent by the current news events we have failed at least one and maybe two generations of our children by not teaching them the relevance of God’s Word today!

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This series is written in language your child and you can understand. There are questions after each days lesson, but don’t fear…I’ve written a section at the end of the book to include all the answers.

I hope you’ll go to the Amazon site and either order a book for your family or if you’re grandparents, they make wonderful gifts. And BTW, I’d love to hear what you think of these two. Book Three should be out in about six months. It’s a WIP (work in progress for those of you who aren’t writers.) And the illustrations are captured from my own children and grandchildren as well as others we’ve known through the years!

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I’ve scattered a few drawings here to entice you! Have a blessed and marvelous 4th of July…celebrate AMERICA!!!!

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This morning when leaving our church service where we had the privilege to have Vice President Pence and Dr. Ben Carson as our guest speakers, a line of police officers were standing in front of one of our large glass windows that had been vandalized, apparently during the service, with some sort of object that had been shot into it. Whatever it was lodged in the glass as it sent cracks up, side-ways, and down to the floor.

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Outside the building I glanced ahead to see everyone leaving halted by a line of police officers. Then I heard the loud-speakers of rage. Yes, a group had gathered to protest…which in itself is within the law…but…we waited, allowing their speaker to finish. Then they were supposed to disburse, but they didn’t.

So, we all had the in-opportunity to walk through a mob of teens and wanna-be adults maybe in their early twentys. A blend of white and black kids…all with filthy, vulgar mouths shouting and screaming words their mama’s shoulda scrubbed their toes by way of their mouths with vinegar or yucky soap. Their parents shoulda switched their fannies and snatched ‘em home by their ears to make ‘em get a real job. . .not a $25 per hour seasonal job with anarchists’ organizations that use them up, wad them in knots, then throw them away. Used up and ruined in what should be the best time of their lives…but these undisciplined, indoctrinated young people are hearing the wrong voices.

Coming out of the sanctuary the stark reality of light scraping shoulders with darkness was startling. Jarring! I’ve never been more proud or grateful for the Dallas Police. Standing in God’s strength they stood shoulder to shoulder on both sides as our part of the congregation passed through this angry mob untouched. Oh, these mongrel kids tried their best to engage us. Some walking ahead and behind me smiled at them. Some offered kind words, only to have shrieks of rage volleyed back.

As we left the parking garage in our cars, we followed the same procedure. The police stood in soldier lines on both sides as we drove bumper to bumper through the police protective wall leaving the church campus. And let me remind you, if these Democrat mayors and governors succeed in neutering our police forces, you and I will be left to pass through these kids of Satan’s choosing without any protection. Light and darkness will be forced to meet head on and lives will be lost.

When you go to the polls next week and in November be very, very, sure before you punch the button or mark the ballot. The life you save may be your own and those of your family. Think and pray! Pray and think.

Verses from Deuteronomy 21:18-21 may seem harsh to many of you, but if you read these verses think about how seriously God takes the notion of a rebellious son (or daughter). It wouldn’t take but one or two of these demon-juiced kids to pay the price for their criminal foolishness to get the attention of their mob friends…and God knew that from the garden. “…AND ALL ISRAEL WILL HEAR OF IT AND FEAR.” It’s a good thing to put fear in the heart and mind of your child…yours and God’s authority! He commands it!

Parents, it’s far past time to parent rather than being your child’s friend. Satan is rounding up and herding this nation’s youth down a huge freeway to destruction because many of you have refused to parent. And Satan has stepped in as step-dad.

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But God is not willing any should perish…that’s why Jesus died and rose and has taken His seat in heaven…He loves you regardless of who you are or what you’ve done. His arms are open, waiting for you to come to Him. But the window of time is drawing to a close. Won’t you choose to trust what Jesus did to save you right now? Today? Tomorrow might never come.

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost”(Revelation 22:16-17 NAS).

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The determination to continue traveling a road you know is not taking you toward your hoped-for destination will cause you to travel to places you didn’t want to be—meeting challenges and problems you hoped you’d never incur—dealing with consequences you aren’t prepared to endure. The only explanation for continuing such a journey is your refusal to admit you’re going in the wrong direction.

A number of years ago, on a very dark night in the swamps of the Florida Everglades, I found myself in that position. And my stubborn refusal to admit I was wrong could have cost my life as well as the life of a good friend traveling with me.

I shudder remembering the events of that Alligator Alley evening.

We were on our way to an art show in Marco Island the next day with a scheduled stop-over at Darlene’s brother’s house in Naples, Florida for the night. Due to a gas shortage, the lines were long as we made our way through South Florida. I made the decision not to sit in a long line and wait and hoped we’d make it to Naples—what a foolish choice. And somehow in the process, I missed a turn and wound up on a dead-end road which fed us onto Alligator Alley.
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Rather than admitting my mistake, turning around and back-tracking, I turned west onto Alligator Alley knowing that road would eventually lead us to Naples. But determination and foolishness flooded my soul when, after driving a few miles on this two-lane highway through the swamp in the utter blackness of night, the engine of my car sputtered and died. We were out of gas—alone and defenseless—on this notorious killer highway that ran through the Glades!

In a nano-second I had a crash course in the fact that attempting to reach a planned destination is never successful when you choose to travel the wrong road. But it was too late. We were stranded. Frightened out of our wits. And my stubborn stupidity had placed us in extreme danger.

Yet all these years later, I listen as the non-stop news blaring the same situation playing out in towns and cities all over America—stubborn, rebellious people, insisting on having their way—in spite of the fact the road they are traveling is dangerous, even lethal, to them and all those they are dragging along this treacherous trip.

Souls full of rebellion are being played the fools by covert enemies determined to destroy them and our nation. Enemies who don’t give a rip about those they’ve convinced their highway to lawlessness is the right road. These enemies of America are emboldened to create chaos and upheaval, by continually stirring the pot of lawless hatred, driving their targeted victims into a huge frenzy of hatred while these foolish victims fail to understand in their refusal to forgive who they perceive to be enemies, they have become the captors of the real, bona-fide transgressors.

And unless God intervenes, all Americans will eventually realize this road to destruction will never intersect with the only road that leads to a righteous destination. America is dooming itself to perish.
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Anger, hatred, and lack of forgiveness cripples’ individuals, families, and nations. God warns us throughout His Word that anger and a lack of forgiveness turns into a wretched root of bitterness that soils and spoils everything it touches.

“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled…” (Hebrews 12:15 NAS).

The defiled quagmire of anger, unforgiveness, hatred, and bitterness, will color your life’s lens and blind your ability to find the true and only road to a righteous destination in the Lord Jesus Christ. But God allows you to choose—His truth or Satan’s lies. God’s peace or Satan’s chaos. God’s love and mercy or Satan’s hatred and destruction. A fulfilled life with Him or an eternity of pain and torture in hell with the father you’ve chosen…the devil.

The days of choice, however, are racing to an end. Never in the history of our nation has there been so clear a daily definition, splayed across the screens, between righteousness and unrighteousness. Many of you have already scoffed and turned away or shrugged and made light of this pivotal moment in history. Storm clouds of darkness deepen and gather to attempt an overthrow of this Republic, like the black swamp of Alligator Alley threatened to consume Darlene and me that awful night so many years ago.

I stared into the heavens that night and cried out to God against whom I’d rebelled. I confessed every sin I’d committed and pleaded for God to please help us.

In the distance headlights of a car approached, then slowed to a stop. A man and woman in the car rolled down the window and asked if we needed help. Darlene threw open her door, raced around the front of our car shouting, “Yes! Yes! We need help! DiAne, get out of the car so they can see we’re helpless girls.”

The man got out, checked, and surmised we’d run out of gas. He said he was a contractor, handed me his business card and said he had gas at his building site and suggested we ride with them to get the gas because it wasn’t safe for two women alone in this swamp. Darlene was already in the car, so I climbed in beside her and prayed we weren’t jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
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He asked if we wanted to call our husbands while he filled a gas can. After calling our guys, he and his friend drove us back to the car, filled the tank, and wouldn’t take a dime for their trouble, but followed us back to Naples.
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We were beyond thankful, but the impact of this rescue didn’t register until we returned home, and the following day when my husband called to check the phone number on the card and the street address he’d written down. “I called to thank them.” He paused then whispered, “There was no such business. No such phone number.”

“But I was there, honey. I saw it with my own eyes.” My mind raced.

“See what you can find out. I’ve got to work.” He hung up and I grabbed the card and phoned the Better Business Bureau in Naples.

“Not only do we not have a business by that name, but we’ve never had such a business at that address. It’s a vacant warehouse. Been vacant for years.” The lady gave me another number to check and see if there was even such a business by that name in the State of Florida—there was not.
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My heart pounded. Were they angels? I had no other explanation. I knew God had answered my prayers for rescue. But since that night I’ve been very careful to travel roads where there’s an easy access to fuel and help should there be an emergency; and I travel life roads where I have access to spiritual food, where brothers and sisters in Christ serve as sounding boards to help me make wiser decisions, and encouragers to help me keep on keeping on.

If America is to survive every citizen must make those same choices. This battle is not about skin color or racism, that’s just an ensnaring ploy. It’s about dividing and conquering. This is about Jesus or Satan—righteousness or unrighteousness—God’s kingdom or the lake of fire… and you must choose…or perhaps you already have.

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“Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.

Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’

And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:12-23 NAS).

The Word of God gives us information about a time when a man whom God identifies as “the man of lawlessness” will appear and seem to be the answer to the world’s problems. He will come on the scene shortly after the church suddenly vanishes. Then after seven years of rapid and increasing chaos and havoc—judgments foretold in Revelation—the likes of which have never been, this age will end with the physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ and His bride…The Raptured Church.

King Jesus will appear with His armies to kill them by the sword coming out of His mouth. The false prophet and the beast will be cast into the lake of fire. The carnage of the battle will leave soldiers’ blood up to the bridles of the horses and running two hundred miles like a river in the valley of decision. Satan will be bound in chains and thrown into the bottomless pit for 1,000 years.
But the choice is yours. Just consider me the gal holding the warning sign that reads… STOP! DANGER AHEAD!

The road you’re currently traveling, unless God intervenes like He did with me that night on Alligator Alley, is a good indicator where you’ll be in that day. If you don’t know or aren’t sure, let me share with you the ABC’s of settling that question.

Admit you are a sinner. Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23
Believe in your heart Jesus is Lord and He died for your sins. Romans 6:23
Call upon the name of Jesus to receive His gift of salvation. Romans 10:13

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Revelation 3:20-21 NAS).
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“For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17 NAS).

You can find DiAne’s complete story about “that” night at Amazon.com in Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk’s book Heavenly Company…Entertaining Angels Unaware

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NEW UPDATED COVER

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Here are the updated cover copies…front and back… for Book Two in The Master’s Plan Revealed Through God’s Word. We are shooting for a release date during the first week in July.

You can order copies on Amazon.com and “Especially for You” Tea Room in Kaufman, Texas carries this series as well as my “Roped” series. If you have a gift shop and would like to carry copies of my books I’d be happy to talk with you.

And as an added note…for the third or fourth time, I’ve changed the title of Book Three…at this point the book is titled “The Master’s Plan Revealed Through Promises, Prophets, Priests and Kings”. What do y’all think?

While the first book in this series was very elementary, each book will grow with your family’s study of the Word. Watch for the release date! And remember every writer…and artist…likes to hear from their readers, both on our blog sites as well as with reviews…else we become lonely!

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Many have asked in response to Fay Lamb’s article this morning, “What can I do about all this?” My list is not all inclusive. I’d like to hear from you all as you think about what Mr. and Mrs. America can do. Here are a few of my ideas. Let me hear from those of you who’d like to join this conversation. Let me be clear, if you’re a socialist or left leaning liberal, this conversation is not for you. I’m not here to argue political POV’s. We are far beyond that; many just don’t realize or haven’t come to grips with the state of today’s peril. So, what can you do?

WHAT CAN “WE THE PEOPLE” DO?

“We the People” can stop feeding the false news coverage. Turn them off! “We the People” can refuse to believe and respond to every rumor that scrolls across the top of our FB news page. “We the People” can become active in conversations we have with our representatives and senators, state and federal…letting them know how we feel about issues, needs, and their votes. Let them know you are watching them. “We the People” can read and educate ourselves about the candidates up for election and re-election…their position, their beliefs…or the lack thereof…and vote for candidates that love this country, not those who desire to trash the Constitution, our God, and your freedom. “We the People” can think.

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“We the People” must confront outright lies on our social media, in conversations, and be careful to always speak the truth of God…even in our comments to the smallest post…being careful to remind one another we serve a righteous and loving God who is not willing for any to perish, but understanding some will…those who refuse to believe in and trust what Jesus did at Calvary was enough. “We the People” are to have the presence of our God around us and our words…and not be afraid to speak His name even when those we are talking to will be irked. “We the People” should not shun a conversation…a reasonably kind conversation…about the Sovereignty of God…about the truth that abortion is murder and homosexuality is a perversion and abomination to God and to us. “We the People” must limit our TV, movie going, and reading material, only watching and reading what is pleasing to God and let it be known to your kids (even the grown ones) what you approve and don’t approve. “We the People” should write a personal letter to our President, telling him thank you, letting him know you are praying for he and his family. A letter in your own handwriting expressing your appreciation for his sacrifice. And while you’re at it, if you have congress people who are backing the President, standing for your values, and standing for the Constitution, write them too.

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“We the People” must take responsibility and repent before God for the pitiful public school systems that have allowed the enemies of this nation to slip in unnoticed and steal the hearts and minds of our children while we were too busy to monitor the text book lies our children have been fed for the past two generations.

Does all of this take courage? Yes. Will it cause people to shove you away? Probably. Especially if they are in opposition to God or just plain cowards. And we all know what Revelation has to say about cowards. God promises when we acknowledge our weakness and depend on Him, He will make us strong. His instructions to us are “…to stand firm and occupy ’til He comes.” My son is a warrior, a fighter pilot. My son-in-law is a soldier. I’ve seen and know these young soldiers…all warriors; I know what it means to stand firm and occupy. Occupying your little corner of the world doesn’t allow timidity, silence, or fence sitting when seeing things you know are wrong and in opposition to the laws of our Constitution and to our Lord Jesus Christ. But most of all, we must get truly serious about our own prayer life with our Father in Heaven. Up ‘til this point in time, most folks fall into bed at night, weary from the day, mumbling a few “I want, I need…” to God before drifting off to sleep. Could this be part of the reason we are where we are today? That and a lack of time in the Word? An hour on Sunday morning won’t furnish enough of the Word to carry even one of us through the day, much less the week. We are spiritually malnourished.

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We are not to be spectators…we are to be involved in the world around us…else we are part of the problem. The blunt truth is the current state of affairs in our nation and in the world today have reached the point that unless the Sovereign God of the Universe and His Son The Lord Jesus Christ come quickly to our aid, (and that will only be in response to the prayers of His people or His preordained plan for the ages)the likelihood of a return to what we’ve called normal is at best unlikely.

But know this…God hears and answers the prayers of His people…most often, not in the way we expect. THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY IS OUR ONLY ANSWER. “Call upon Him while He is near.”

“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NAS).

To read Fay Lamb’s post go to http://www.faylamb.com/ontheledge/2020/06/what-about-the-preamble/

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“This is my country, land of my birth.
This is my country, grandest on earth.
I pledge thee my allegiance, America the bold.
This is my country, to have and to hold!”
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How long has it been since you’ve heard or sung this patriotic song written in 1940 by Don Raye? I can’t remember hearing it in years. Why? Could it be it’s been buried so you won’t be reminded of all we’ve lost? Could it be we allowed people to govern who would choke on these words? Could it be we are living in the nightmare of a treasonous take-over and can’t wake up?

Whatever and wherever the truth is, it’s time to throw off the covers, splash the water of reality in our eyes, and own up to what’s happening in America. Time to remember where we came from, and where we’re going before the burnt beans on the bottom of the pot inflict all of us with their nasty taste, attitude, and texture—or is it already too late?

“What difference if I hail from North or South
Or from the East or West?
My heart is filled with love
For all of these.
I only know I swell with pride
And deep within my breast
I thrill to see Old Glory
Paint the breeze.”
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Does it make a difference where you come from? No, it shouldn’t, not if you were born here. But if you were born in any other place on the globe, the attitude was, until recent years, you assimilated, or became a naturalized citizen of America by placing your hand on the Bible of God’s Truth, and pledged to be a citizen of the United States of America, full of joy to be part of the home of the free and the brave.

But not anymore. Our leaders today have been allowed to pick and choose which truth they want to place their oath in and upon—and for many it’s not The Lord God Almighty’s truth. Their physical presence is here in America, but their heart and mind insist upon bringing all the stuff they allegedly left to come to America. My question is why did they come to America? And the truth screams in my heart and head they came to hijack America and make our nation become like the one they left. That is called treason!

We have watched in our lifetime news reports of Old Glory being ripped down and burned in most every country in the world…even here in America…without there being any consequences for this vile act of treason. And as I write this, I’m not sure the pledge of allegiance is still recited in America’s classrooms? And we wonder how we find ourselves in this horrid place in time?

The Word of God says: “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6(NAS). But we’ve kicked God and His Word out of our schools, our homes, and even out of some churches. So, should the state we’re in be a shock to us? The majority of those attending churches in America today have a very limited knowledge and understanding of the Word of God and you can’t teach what you don’t know. You can’t possibly consume enough of the Word in an hour on Sunday morning to carry you through life’s difficulties…many church members are suffering from malnutrition of the Word. We have a generation of children right here in America who don’t have a clue who Jesus is—and we wonder why? Or maybe you don’t even wonder anymore…

“This is my country
Land of my choice
This is my country
Hear my proud voice.
I pledge thee my allegiance
America the bold
For this is my country
To have and to hold”
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As I read God’s Word, I’m so grateful that our Jehovah Elohim is a merciful God and He still offers His grace when we truly repent and return to Him. We see that over and over in the Old Testament as He disciplined His children, Israel. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever—until Jesus comes again, His mercy and grace are still available when we acknowledge our sins and return to Him.

This awful virus might have been used or allowed by Him, as are these enemy agents embedded in our government, to rattle us to attention and return to The Lord God Almighty. But there are also examples in the Word of part of Israel…the northern kingdom…that never learned and they were assimilated into Assyria…never to be part of Israel again because there was no faith in them.

We stand at a crossroad—truly God’s way or the highway to hell. We have an opportunity in November to purge the enemies from this land. To demand of our government leaders they will serve The Lord God first and then serve the citizens of this land of our birth.

In our lifetime we have watched as other countries received a right to vote. We watched as people lined up to cast their ballots, some paying for that privilege with their lives. Yet we have become so calloused, in this land purchased with the blood of our fathers, that we fear or are too lazy to go to the polls, show proof of who we are to prevent those who have no right to vote in our nation, in order to cast a legal ballot for the candidates we believe will serve this country in the way our forefathers purchased with their blood.

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It’s down to the wire folks. There are people in Washington who don’t love America … who want to make Americans melt into their burned pot of beans that have been simmering in Satan’s fire since the world began. Is that the legacy you want to leave for your children? Many of your fathers and grandfathers fought in World War II…gave their lives so you could live free of fear in the greatest nation to have ever existed on this earth…and one three month bout of a man-produced virus has sent you cowering inside, willing to risk this great gift of freedom from our God. It’s a good thing your grandfather was willing to fight two men and their countries who exterminated multiplied thousands upon thousands of Jews and people who helped them. Men who destroyed Pearl Harbor, and slaughtered thousands upon thousands of our brave soldiers on foreign shores. Soldiers we honor today.

VOTING IS A GIFT, A PRIVILEGE, AND A RIGHT you have as an American…paid for by the blood of the patriots…don’t squander that blessing or wilt in cowardice…do it to the best of your ability, remembering those who came before you, and who will live in this land after you’re gone.

What will our legacy be to them? Will they have the privilege of singing….

“THIS IS MY COUNTRY, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD?”

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Mother’s Day will be hear … again. And for those of us who’ve lost our mothers, and for mothers who’ve lost their children, this is a difficult time. I ask you to think about sending cards to those mom’s who’ve lost children. We’ve not ceased to be mothers. And remember God uses the dark times in our lives to teach us the most important things about ourselves, but also the amazing wonders of who He is and who we are in Him.

MOVING THE ANCIENT BOUNDARIES

“Mama, I sure do miss you and wish I’d said ‘I love you’ more often.”
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I’m sure each one of you reading this post feel the same way if your mother isn’t with you this Mother’s Day. But a blogging friend of mine sent a post this morning from “Home’s Cool,” 2009 08 04 206_edited-1entitled “What Would Your Mother Do?” And as I wrote a comment to her post it triggered memories. Memories I’d like to share, hoping we will guard our hearts every moment of every day. Because the Word tells us what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart.

My Mama had a beautiful voice and she loved to sing. And in the spring and summer, when the windows were opened, I could hear her singing a block from home. So could the neighbors. It was no secret Mama loved Jesus.

She also loved to cook and give parties…

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The plan has been to publish the next book in this series every six months…then Corona happened and the bottom fell out of everything…especially book sales. So we’ve decided to wait ’til the market settles before releasing this next book.

But I couldn’t wait to give you a glimpse of the cover…let me know what you think. Hope this one perks your interest in this series.

Sales for the other two books are also slow…but during the lull, I’m still working on the next three THE MASTER’S PLAN REVEALED THROUGH JUDGES, PROPHETS, AND KINGS and THE MASTER’S PLAN REVEALED THROUGH THE MASTER and finally THE MASTER’S PLAN REVEALED THROUGH YOU.

It certainly looks as if we are rushing toward the end of this age and scripture tells us “…The fields are white, ready to harvest.” The books from this series make marvelous gifts to families with young children.

DiAne

TheMaster'sPlan Book Two

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The first book in this Master’s Plan Series…The Master’s Plan Revealed Through Creation released on Amazon in October of 2019.
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The second book The Many Colors of the Master’s Plan released April 4, 2020, on Amazon. This is a color book with associated memory verses and introduces many of the characters and critters appearing in this series.

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And the third book, The Master’s Plan Revealed Through the Word will release some time in June, 2020.

As you see the title of my blog site is Moving the Ancient Boundaries. Over and over throughout the Old Testament we read God said: Do not move the ancient boundaries.. In this age we shout “Freedom!!!” Freedom to do whatever we want, whenever we want, and however we want. But we forget we are sinful creatures…happened in the garden…and less you say, “Well, if I’d been there…” Nope. If you’d been there, you would have done exactly what Adam and Eve did. How can I be so sure? Look around you. We’re still committing those same sins…classified as sin… “Disobeying God’s Law.”

My mom was a wise woman, and she most always had an answer to all my “why?” questions. I had to play within the fenced in area…her rule. When I complained that everyone else was having all the fun on the other side of the fence, I can hear her reply like it was yesterday. “Fences are built to keep the bad stuff out, DiAne. Not to keep you inside. I want you to be safe.” God sets boundaries for us to keep the bad stuff out, because our wishy-washy brains can’t determine what’s bad and what’s good. Again, look around you at the littered landscape of folks who can’t or won’t discern good from bad.

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But you can’t teach what you don’t know and during the 60’s one woman managed to mount a movement that had God’s Words…words we lived by since the beginning…kicked out of public schools…and the fence was torn down and we’ve catapulted over God’s ancient boundaries into the muck and mire of destruction.

The fourth book in the Master’s Plan Series will be The Master’s Plan Revealed Through the Life of the Master and the fifth book is titled The Master’s Plan Revealed Through You
and I’m contemplating a sixth entitled The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

The way

I’m sure you’re thinking … how can I teach the Bible to my kids, I don’t know enough about the Bible to teach anyone. The object of this series is to learn with your kiddos. Besides, I’ve put a cheat sheet in the back…answers to the questions…so don’t let that deter you. I’ve written these books to encourage conversation between parent and child about our amazing God and His Son Jesus Christ. God created you and your children for a relationship with Him. He’s not shoving you away. No! His arms are open wide. He loves you and your family and has a wonderful plan for your lives…come and see!

You can find these books at https://www.amazon.com/dp/978-1089395270 and https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086PPJCV1

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As we are well into April, 2020 will go down in history as the Corona Virus year…the worldwide Corona Virus Year. Three months that have shaken the world scene from political, to personal, to theology, to educational, to…you name it. Confined at home with a “shelter-in-place” order, what have you learned? What troubles you the most in those wee hours of darkness, when you can’t sleep?

I’ve long since turned off the local and national news at night. About one news broadcast a day plunges my brain into overload. Instead, I’ve turned to the Bible and my Lord Jesus Christ.
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One of the first lessons I’ve learned these past months is God keeps His promises to widows. Yes, after losing my husband in August of last year, I’ve learned God promises in Isaiah 54:4-5 He will be my husband. And again, in Proverbs 15:25, God promises “He will establish the boundaries of the widow.” Because I belong to Him—He holds onto me and I hold onto Him—regardless of the sorrow and pain death and separation have brought into my life, some way, somehow, God will bring good out of this too. I have already learned to do things I never thought I could do…and I give my Lord glory for those things.

Talk about an attitude adjuster…I am His, He is mine… that’s a fact! But the last few days of attempting to fast and pray found me distracted and discouraged. I know it’s a spiritual battle, but it’s been disconcerting. I feel like a failure and I wonder how many other brothers and sisters in Christ find themselves tossed about by all this discord and uncertainty? Finding it difficult to carry all their burden to the Lord…what would He say? What would He think about me? I have a shocking truth for you…He already knows what your burden is and how you’re reacting. I can almost hear you asking… “Why do we have to carry our burden to the Lord if He already knows?” None of us are good burden carriers. And Jesus wants you and me to recognize we are carrying needless burdens. Burdens we weren’t meant to carry, but Jesus is.
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I’m concerned far too many in the church have allowed themselves, conscientiously or unconscientiously, to wander from the truth of the Word of God. We’ve become a dial flipping generation that chooses what we believe about God, ourselves, and the devil—and sometimes we’re just plain wrong in what we choose to believe. False prophets abound these days, and seem to grow more and more brash, provocative, yet convincing…and you too can be trapped in Satan’s snare. That’s why your attitude is so crucial.

With the majority of the Church limited in their knowledge of the complete truth of the Word of God, Satan is having a heyday! Oh, we all can pluck a memory verse or two we can quote on demand. Some of us have even committed several passages to memory…but how few of us truly know and can connect the scarlet thread dots of scripture from beginning to end? And if you’re answering my question with a so-what-attitude do you see how this could be a problem?

As I crawled from the covers this morning a gnawing in my spirit called me to read the 9th Chapter of Daniel. I knew this chapter happened at the end of Jewish captivity in Babylon. You see God had given them over for their continued disobedience to the King of Babylon—for seventy years. King Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed the holy city in three sieges and taken God’s people captive. But now, they were about to go back to Jerusalem…at least some of them…and Daniel “observed in the books” the number of years for the completion of their desolation was about over.
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In verse 9:3, God’s finger of conviction pressed sore on my heart as I read… “So, I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.” I winced as I thought about my own failure at fasting and praying the prior day.

The thought came to my mind, that’s right where Satan wanted you. So real was the voice I looked around, but I knew the Holy Spirit breathed those words to me. So I asked, What did Daniel do?

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore, he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8 KJV).

Daniel refused to blend in. Daniel purposed in his heart he would remain true to His Jewish faith even far from home in a pagan land, and faithful to the Word of God. And now I’m reading, seventy years later he remained true to the principles and precepts of his faith. If you’ve never read the twelve chapters in this powerful book of the Old Testament, now might be a great time to sit down and read Daniel’s words and God’s message back to him…and to us.

Having lived such a righteous life, you might think Daniel would have approached God with a higher-than-thou attitude. He had kept the faith. He hadn’t taken up the ways of the pagan Babylonians…as a matter of scripture, it appears Daniel was the lone voice of truth to King Nebuchadnezzar and it may have been Daniel’ attitude that brought that king to faith and trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But Daniel’s prayer showed his attitude.

And when Daniel knelt to pray, in Daniel 9:5 this servant of the Living God said:

“O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love Him, and to them that keep His commandments; we have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from Thy precepts and from Thy judgments:”

Daniel’s attitude was humility before God. He owned the sin. He didn’t point a boney, self-righteous finger at those Jews who had adapted to Babylonian ways…he repented for the actions and way of life he and the rest of the Jewish nation had participated in that caused God to shake their world and send them into captivity in a strange, pagan land. He accepted God’s judgment as right and acknowledged their sin was wrong.
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So where do you believe Daniel’s attitude came from? Could it be Daniel had God fearing parents who taught him to worship and serve Jehovah YHWH? We know Daniel’s name means “God is my judge.” Could it be his parents were told by God he would be a man of honor before God? We know he was taken captive in the first group in 605 B.C. Daniel 1:3 tells us the king ordered the chief of his officials to bring in “…some of the sons of Israel, including some of the royal family and of the nobles, youths in whom was no defect…” Daniel and his three friends, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah or as we’ve come to know them, Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego were part of these young men, righteous young men who knew and practiced their faith in God—even in a pagan, foreign land.

I’m sure you’re asking, “How does this apply to me today? What’s your point, DiAne?”

America has become like Daniel’s rebellious nation. My grandparents would not recognize today’s America. And until the church folk rent their arrogant attitude and adopt an attitude like Daniel’s, God cannot and will not hear us. Until we humble ourselves and recognize how like the world we’ve become and repent, God cannot and will not hear us. Until we repent and turn to walk according to the principles and precepts of Our Living God, He cannot and will not hear us. Does that mean we have to be different? Oh yes, but isn’t that what God called us to be—a peculiar people?
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At this moment America hangs in the balances. It only takes one look at history to see God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. “Judgment must begin at the house of God.” This nation who once proclaimed to be One Nation Under God, has plunged off the cliff into Satan’s clutches. Much of the church has been neutered.

It’s up to us…to you and to me. Which way will we turn? Do your prayers typify a nannie-nannie-boo-boo tone as you point your finger at others’ sins? Finger-pointing time is over. Or will you and I be like Daniel? Will you and I accept we are all part of the problem and fall on our collective faces before Him pleading for His mercy and grace? If God depended on your attitude, or mine, to usher in the wind and fire of the Holy Spirit, what would be the result?

Deliverance or judgment? God is faithful…are you? Am I?

We may be standing on the precipice of America’s destruction. Our attitudes up to this point have spoken volumes to our children. The majority of our heritage are racing down that broad road because our attitudes and our actions have been out of line with the Word of God. We’ve worshiped the things of this world…the want more, get more, and then multiply that more has prevailed. We’ve replaced evenings with the Word of God with the latest technical entertainment. We’ve sent our kids to high ranking, expensive, ungodly colleges and universities with money we didn’t have. We’ve played church…and a majority of these highly educated kids have seen through the hollowness of our phony faith.
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The sands in America’s rebellious hour glass are draining away. If the Church doesn’t repent and return to the Lord our God and faith in His only Son, Jesus Christ, those trickling sands will evaporate in the swish of a moment! And like Jerusalem…. America will be swept into the tornado of God’s righteous judgment. Remember Abraham’s pleading with God over Sodom and Gomorrah? Are you confessing your sin and pleading with God to wash and cleanse the polluted soil of your heart and your nation with Christ’s blood?

“O my God, incline Thine ear and hear! Open Thine eyes and see our desolation’s and the city which is called by Thy name; for we are not presenting our supplications before Thee on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Thy great compassion. O Lord hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Thine own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Thy city and Thy people are called by Thy name” (Daniel 9:18-19 NAS).

Are we still One Nation Under God? One former president and many of those in His White House and in this Congress today say “America is no longer a Christian nation.”

As we spend these next three days pondering the impact of what Jesus did for each one of us over 2,000 years ago—What does your attitude say?

HAPPY EASTER! HE IS RISEN…HE IS RISEN INDEED!

DiAne

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